Unit of competency details

FNSACC406A - Set up and operate a computerised accounting system (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 24/Nov/2010

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to FNSACC406 - Set up and operate a computerised accounting systemUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015
Supersedes and is equivalent to FNSACCT407B - Set up and operate a computerised accounting systemUpdated content plus new unit format and code changed to retain sequence of unit group 23/Nov/2010

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
SIT12 - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training PackageTourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package 1.0-2.0 
FNS10 - Financial Services Training PackageFinancial Services Training Package 1.0-5.1 
BSB07 - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 6.0-9.0 


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080905 Practical Computing Skills  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080905 Practical Computing Skills  24/Nov/2010 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to modify and operate an integrated computerised accounting system. This is generally under supervision and encompasses processing transactions within the system, maintaining the system, producing reports and ensuring system integrity.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

The unit has application across all sectors of the financial services sector and other industry organisations using accounting software. It has application to job roles such as accounts receivable and payable clerks.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Implement an integrated accounting system

1.1. The general ledger, chart of accounts  and subsidiary accounts are implemented in accordance with organisational requirements , procedures and policies 

1.2. Customers, suppliers and inventory items are set up in the system to meet organisational requirements and the reporting requirements of Goods and Services Tax (GST)

1.3. Appropriate technical help  is used to solve any operational problems

2. Process transactions within the system

2.1. Input data is collated, coded and classified before processing

2.2. A wide range of cash and credit transactions  are processed in both a service and trading environment

2.3. The general journal is used to make any balance day adjustments  for prepayments and accruals

2.4. System output are regularly reviewed to verify the accuracy of data input and adjustments made for any detected processing errors

2.5. An end of financial year rollover is performed

3. Maintain the system

3.1. Any new general ledger accounts, customer, supplier, inventory and fixed asset records are added as required

3.2. An existing chart of accounts, customer, supplier, inventory and fixed asset records and subsidiary accounts are maintained and updated

3.3. The chart of accounts is customised to meet the reporting requirements of the organisation

4. Produce reports

4.1. Reports to indicate the financial performance and financial position of the organisation and for GST purposes are generated as required or requested

4.2. Reports  to ensure that subsidiary ledgers  and accounts reconcile with the general ledger are generated

4.3. Reports, which ensure that the bank account reconciles with the bank statement, over at least two reporting periods are generated

5. Ensure system integrity

5.1. Regular back-ups of the system are made to ensure against loss or corruption of data

5.2. Data are restored from back-ups in the event of loss or corruption of current data

5.3. A secure record of all processed transactions is maintained for audit purposes

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communication skills to:
  • determine and confirm work requirements, using questioning and active listening as required
  • liaise with others, share information, listen and understand
  • use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
  • research skills such as:
  • accessing and managing information
  • interpreting documentation
  • numeracy skills for financial calculations and analysis
  • well-developed IT skills for modifying and using integrated financial software
  • literacy skills for identifying and using financial data from a variety of sources
  • problem solving skills to identify any issues that have the potential to impact on the data entry and reporting process and to develop options to resolve these issues when they arise
  • organisational skills, including the ability to plan and sequence work

Required knowledge 

  • organisational procedures and policies relating to maintaining financial records
  • principles and practices of accrual accounting
  • principles of double entry accounting
  • relevant financial services industry legislation and statutory requirements
  • the characteristics and included information in relevant source documents of financial data

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the ability to:

  • set up an organisation's chart of accounts by modifying an established integrated financial software system
  • interpret and apply organisational policies and procedures
  • implement an integrated accounting system ensuring integrity of the data
  • process transactions within the integrated system and generate reports
  • maintain the integrated system.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • competency is demonstrated in the context of the financial services work environment and conditions specified in the range statement either in a relevant workplace or a closely simulated work environment
  • access to and the use of a range of common office equipment, technology, software and consumables.
  • access to an integrated financial software system and associated data
  • access to the internet.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples, in combination, are appropriate for this unit:

  • evaluating an integrated activity which combines the elements of competency for the unit or a cluster of related units of competency
  • verbal or written questioning on underpinning knowledge and skills
  • setting and reviewing projects using specialised software
  • evaluating samples of work
  • accessing and validating third party reports.

Guidance information for assessment 

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Chart of accounts  may include:

  • classified expenses by type
  • current assets
  • current liabilities
  • equity
  • income
  • non-current assets
  • non-current liabilities.

Organisational requirements , procedures and policies  may include:

  • Australian Accounting Standards
  • corporate governance
  • correctly identifying and opening files within an organisational permit
  • electronic and paper-based recording
  • log on and system security procedures
  • organisational health and safety (OHS) policies, procedures and programs
  • storing data to security requirements and for appropriate future access.

Appropriate technical help  may include:

  • computer help desk personnel
  • designated technology assistance staff
  • external staff employed or recommended by the software supplier to assist with difficulties
  • managers and supervisors
  • on-screen help
  • online help
  • software manuals.

Transactions  may include:

  • adjustment notes
  • bad debts
  • bank reconciliation
  • cash sales and deposits
  • cheque payments
  • commencing business entry
  • commission
  • contra entries
  • credit card payments
  • customer payments
  • discounts
  • financial
  • sales
  • funds transfers
  • inventory stock take
  • loans
  • petty cash
  • purchase and sale of stock
  • purchase invoices
  • purchase orders
  • sales invoices
  • supplier payments
  • withdrawal of stock and assets by owner.

Balance day adjustments  may include:

  • accrued expenses
  • depreciation
  • doubtful debts
  • prepaid expenses
  • revenue received in advance.

Reports  may include:

  • aged payables and reconciliation
  • aged receivables and reconciliation
  • asset listing
  • auditable transaction trail
  • balance sheet
  • bank reconciliation
  • business activity statement
  • customer statements
  • inventory listing
  • profit and loss.

Subsidiary ledgers  may include:

  • accounts payable
  • accounts receivable
  • fixed assets
  • inventory.

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